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Breakfast for Mom

Breakfast for Mom
In days gone by, a hearty breakfast fortified people for a hard day's work on the farm. While many of us now spend our workdays in an office, sitting in front of a computer, it's still immensely satisfying to start the day with an old-fashioned morning meal. Be it a stack of buttermilk pancakes drizzled with real maple syrup, or fluffy scrambled eggs paired with crispy hash browns and warm biscuits, the classic American breakfast has never gone out of style.

Some of these dishes are centuries old, tracing their origins to Europe and beyond. Whether you call them hotcakes, griddle cakes, flapjacks or pancakes, this breakfast favorite is actually one of the oldest forms of bread known to humanity. You'll find variations on this flatbread around the world, from Russian blini to French crepes. Waffles were first made using long-handled fireplace waffle irons that date back to medieval Europe. And what we call French toast is an American rendition of a French dessert known as pain perdu, created as a clever way to revive day-old bread.

To celebrate the breakfast traditions of the heartland, we're featuring recipes for classic dishes made with farm-fresh ingredients. They're relatively simple to prepare, and much of the work can be done in advance, so you can savor a warming meal even on busy weekday mornings—as well as on relaxed weekends with friends and family.